The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is challenging the world in unprecedented ways. As the challenges continue to grow, so do the efforts of those who are stepping up to help.
This is true in the legal community, as attorneys are coming up with creative ways to share resources and give back to their local communities. Our i-Lawsuit team compiled a list of legal resources and information from attorneys around the country who are finding ways to help.
Colburn Law: College Scholarship
Based in Seattle, Colburn Law is currently offering two competitive $1,000 scholarships to Washington state nurses and first responders who have been on the front lines amid the devastating Coronavirus outbreak. The scholarships are for the 2020-21 school year, and family members of nurses and first responders are also eligible to apply.
Knutson+Casey: Free Estate Planning
Mankato-based Knutson+Casey is offering free basic estate planning services to medical professionals and first responders in southern Minnesota. The complimentary services include basic wills, healthcare directives, and power-of-attorney.
Elk & Elk: COVID-19 Practice Areas
Elk & Elk, a law firm in Ohio, is taking on cases specific to coronavirus, including wrongful death in nursing homes and COVID-19 workers’ compensation. They also offer a wealth of information on their site about legal and psychological issues related to coronavirus and how their attorneys may be able to help.
Joel R. Bryant: COVID-19 and Nursing Home Negligence
San Diego elder abuse lawyer Joel Bryant is stepping up to help families affected by coronavirus-related nursing home negligence, particularly at Reo Vista Healthcare Center, where nearly all of the residents have tested positive.
Console & Associates: COVID-19 Lawsuits
Another law firm taking coronavirus-related cases is Console & Associates in New Jersey. Types of COVID-19 claims being addressed include nursing home negligence, employment, price gouging, refund refusals, whistleblowing, and business interruption insurance.
Allegiant Law Group: Debt Relief Help
Allegiant Law Group is helping Arizonans navigate bankruptcy, debt, and unemployment in the time of coronavirus. Their site includes links to local resources, answers common questions, and provides information about how to schedule a free consultation with a bankruptcy lawyer.
Zoldan Law Group: Paid Sick Leave Map
U.S. Paid Sick Leave Laws by State
At the beginning of the pandemic, Arizona-based firm Zoldan Law Group created a map to visually display which states had paid sick leave laws and which did not. While the emergency Families First Coronavirus Response Act now requires employers across the country to provide paid sick leave or expanded family/medical leave for workers impacted by COVID-19, this map still displays the gaps in paid sick leave that will need to be addressed.
Additional COVID-19 Resource Pages
Many law firms have compiled COVID-19 legal resource pages for their local areas. Here are some listed by location:
- Southern California COVID-19 Resources, from Aitken * Aitken * Cohn
- Ohio COVID-19 Resources, from Elk & Elk Co., Ltd
Covid-19 Updates: US state and Local Health Departments
We have compiled an alphabetical list of local and state health departments with coronavirus resources. For more information on your state, click the links below.
- Washington state department of health: coronavirus
- Local health departments in Washington
- Seattle department of health: coronavirus